MSSD Residence Hall

This 160 bed residence hall for the Model Secondary School for the Deaf at Gallaudet University consolidates boys and girls together in a single shared facility. Built to replace aging and inefficient existing facilities, it is the first new residence hall built on campus since the 1970’s. Conceived of as a “home away from home” the building is comprised of two main wings connected by a single story entrance lobby. Beyond housing its students, the new dormitory creates an iconic campus space for the MSSD and strengthens the relationship to the existing campus buildings. The three story building steps with the sites topography to reduce its apparent height and allow for seamless and accessible connection between inside and out. Finished with warm materials, comfortable furniture and flooded with daylight, the residence hall employs the principals of DeafSpace to create a homelike environment that is tuned to deaf sensibilities.

Location: Washington, DC
Photos: Lincoln Barbour